Old Town Newhall is a 271-acre, mixed-use revitalization area in the heart of Santa Clarita – just minutes north of Los Angeles. Featuring historic points of interest, a community center, Metrolink station and a thriving arts scene, Old Town Newhall offers forward-thinking developers a unique opportunity to establish a strong presence in one of Southern California’s fastest growing and business friendly communities.
For those who love to shop, Old Town Newhall has a plethora of unique retailers. For the sports lover, there is a soccer shop, two bicycle shops, a surf/board shop, and a golf store.
For food lovers, authentic Mexican cuisine, Italian food, the area’s oldest coffee shop, tasty bakeries, Thai food and the home of 101 omelets are all part of Old Town Newhall.
Many more attractions are within a few short blocks in Old Town Newhall, including unique gift shops, one-of-a-kind stores, a day spa, beauty salons, yoga studios, the area’s oldest hardware store and Newhall’s iconic original ice store, built in 1889.
Past meets present at the brand new state-of-the art Old Town Newhall library, with architecture inspired by Santa Clarita’s wild west roots. This 30,000 square foot facility offers more than 135,000 literary items, 68 public use computers, private study spaces and meetings rooms. Additional highlights of the library include a children’s library, teen study area, a fireplace reading area, an outdoor courtyard, art and photographic displays, an artistic replication of Beale’s Cut and original works of art. For more information, visit santaclaritalibrary.com.
Old Town Newhall offers two distinctive live theaters, The MAIN and the Canyon Theatre Guild, both located along Main Street in the heart of town. Both theatres offer distinctive performances from some of the area’s most talented actors. For more information about seasonal performances, show times and ticket availability, please visit AtTheMAIN.org or canyontheatre.org.
Newhall is home to an impressive collection of historic sites. Two acclaimed museums are open to the public for guided tours, and play host to various special events throughout the year. The William S. Hart Park and Museum is a 265-acre ranch and mansion once home to silent film star William S. Hart. The museum features a spectacular collection of Western art, Native American artifacts and mementos of early Hollywood. For more information on hours of operation, special events, and guided tours, please visit HartMuseum.org.
The Walk of Western Stars is Old Town Newhall’s own walk of fame. Created in 1981, The Walk of Stars honors the legends of western film, television and radio who have contributed to America’s heritage since 1900. The Old West comes alive again each year during the City of Santa Clarita’s Cowboy Festival as Western stars are inducted to the Walk of Stars and immortalized in bronze and terrazzo tile stamped into the streets of Old Town Newhall. Visit Walk of Western Stars page for more information.
In January 2006, the City of Santa Clarita opened a state-of-the-art 17,000 square-foot Community Center in Newhall. The Community Center is a focal point in the neighborhood, providing recreational and educational opportunities for youth and families in a fun and safe environment. Programs available at the facility include boxing, Ballet Folklórico, tutoring, a teen group, sporting activities and much more. The Community Center is located at 22421 Market Street in Old Town Newhall. For more information about the Newhall Community Center, visit Santa-Clarita.com/NCC or call (661) 286-4006.
Also located in Old Town Newhall is the Veterans Historical Plaza, located at 24275 Walnut Street, at the corner of Market and Walnut Streets. This emotional half-acre park site includes water features, over 50 trees, themed lighting, flags from each of the five branches of the military, plus the U.S., California and POW flags, and a brick walkway lining the perimeter and inscribed with the names of military from family and friends in the area.
The new, state-of-the-art, 30,000 square foot Old Town Newhall Library offers more than 135,000 literary items, 68 public use computers, private study spaces, and meeting rooms. Additional highlights of the Library include a children’s library, teen study area, a fireplace reading Ramada, community meeting areas, an outdoor courtyard, art and photographic displays, an artistic replication of Beale’s Cut, and original works of art. For more information, visit santaclaritalibrary.com
Encompassing all the charm and modern sophistication of premier cultural arts hub, Old Town Newhall offers exclusive and unsurpassed cultural and dramatic expressions.
The MAIN is the home for music, comedy, film, theatre, visual art, classes and workshops, meetings and serves as the welcome center for visitors to Old Town Newhall. The venue has been around for 20 years but, as of February 2017 the City of Santa Clarita took over operation and management of the space. The theater has been transformed into a multi-use arts center including a monthly rotating gallery, and free programs every Thursday night. The venue is also available for private rentals, filming and productions. For more information please visit AtTheMain.org.
Boasting live theater by some of the most well-respected live performers Los Angeles and Santa Clarita has to offer, the Canyon Theatre Guild offers performances that parallel those of premier performing arts facilities. For more information please visit canyontheatre.org
If historical art is what you seek look no farther than the Wm. S. Hart Museum and Heritage Junction. Offering a link to the silent film stars’ nostalgic past, the Hart Museum celebrates the life and film career of Wm. S. Hart including his love for modern-day Old Town Newhall and his love for the area. For more information please visit HartMuseum.org
Heritage Junction showcases Santa Clarita’s rich history from the first discovery of gold and the first railway, to the region’s rich historical pastime of oil drilling and the area’s contribution to some of the earliest western films. For more information please visit www.scvhs.org
Old Town Newhall is abundant with integrated art, a historic sculpture and a number of murals located throughout the area. For more information on the art pieces in Old Town Newhall, visit the City’s Arts and Events home page where you can find a map to take a self-guided tour of these unique art displays.
Santa Clarita has been named the Most Business Friendly City in Los Angeles County by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and offers a number of resources from training programs to networking groups. Economic Development Staff can also assist you with the City’s permitting process.
For questions related to opening a business in Old Town Newhall, visit the City’s Economic Development webpage at econdev.santa-clarita.com or by phone at 661-255-4347.
New businesses or developments must comply with the Old Town Newhall Specific Plan. The Santa Clarita City Council adopted a Specific Plan to help transform Old Town Newhall into a thriving, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented urban village with a series of economic engines. The Specific Plan consists of a 20-block downtown served by Metrolink commuter rail, a commercial corridor along Main Street, two complementary residential neighborhoods, and a light industrial district. Upon build-out, the Specific Plan will include up to 1,092 new residential units and nearly 1-million square feet of new commercial space. A portion of this growth will be attributed to new development, while some will also include revitalization of existing buildings.
The specific plan was created following a public participation process that evaluated the history of Newhall, current conditions, and revitalization strategies in other communities. The plan details major projects that can be initiated and policies to consider to renew Old Town Newhall.
For more information on the Old Town Newhall Specific Plan, please visit the City’s Planning Division web page or by phone at 661-255-4330.